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Judicial probe into Alwar lynching begins, NHRC seeks report in 15 days

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took cognisance of the incident and has issued a notice to the Rajasthan government and sought a report from the state within 15 days.

india Updated: Jul 26, 2018 19:33 IST
Devendra Bhardwaj
Devendra Bhardwaj
Hindustan Times, Alwar
Alwar lynching,Rakbar Khan,NHRC
Rakbar Khan and his friend Aslam Khan were taking two cows to their village, Kol in Haryana’s Nuh district, on the night of July 21 when they were attacked by a mob of cow vigilantes on suspicion of smuggling the cattle for slaughter.(File Photo)

The judicial probe into the alleged custodial death of Rakbar Khan (31), who was lynched by a mob of cow vigilantes in Alwar district of Rajasthan last week, began on Thursday, police said.

Additional chief judicial magistrate (Rajgarh), Amar Singh Champawat recorded the statements of suspended assistant sub-inspector Mohan Singh, and three constables — Surendra Singh, Harendra Singh and Vijay Singh — at the Ramgarh court, said Alwar superintendent of police, Rajendra Singh.

The constables were sent to police lines on July 23, the day the ASI was suspended, after a high-level police team led by special director general of police (law and order) NRK Reddy visited Ramgarh police station and the spot where Khan was allegedly lynched by cow vigilantes on July 21.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took cognisance of the incident and has issued a notice to the Rajasthan government and sought a report from the state within 15 days. The commission, in a release, said it has observed that the contents of news reports about the incident which, if true, raise a serious issue of human rights violation of the victim.

Rakbar Khan and his friend Aslam Khan were taking two cows to their village, Kol in Haryana’s Nuh district, on the night of July 21 when they were attacked by a mob of cow vigilantes on suspicion of smuggling the cattle for slaughter. Aslam Khan managed to escape but Rakbar Khan was injured. When police took him to hospital at 4 am on July 22, doctors declared him dead on arrival.

On July 24, home minister Gulab Chand Kataria visited the spot along with additional chief secretary (home) Shailendra Agarwal and DGP OP Galhota, and said Khan’s death was a custodial death and ordered a judicial inquiry.

According to the post-mortem report of Khan, he died due to shock as a result of injuries inflicted upon him during the July 21 attack. A medical board, comprising Dr Sanjay Gupta, Dr Amit Mittal and Dr Rajiv Gupta of the general hospital of Alwar, noted that there were multiple fractures of the ribs, fractures in left limb and left hand.

Rajasthan police arrested three people — Dharmendra Yadav and Paramjeet Singh on July 22 and Naresh Singh on July 23 — on charges of unlawful assembly, wrongful restraint, voluntarily causing hurt and murder.

First Published: Jul 26, 2018 19:33 IST